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Do you have a nasty spot of acne or hyperpigmentation that just won’t go away? Concealer might help, but not your standard shade – it’s just not powerful enough!
To counteract the darker dimensions of your face, you require a shade which is on the opposite side of the colour wheel. In this instance, green concealer is the perfect makeup trick to cover-up all night, or simply give your face a glowing appearance.
Rule 1: Use in moderation
Don’t go too overboard with the colour! A little goes a long way. Especially if you want to keep your makeup looking as natural as possible, as opposed to drawing the wrong kinds of attention to the area. Apply the product first onto your fingertips, then directly onto your face and blend immediately.
Rule 2: Layer the product
Rather than applying the concealer directly onto your face, use it in layers for a more natural look. If you suffer from dry or combination skin, try using a damp cosmetic sponge to work the product into your face otherwise it will crease and won’t last very long.
Rule 3: Set with a powder
Even if you don’t have oily skin, it’s always a good idea to set your concealer with a powder. Not only does it keep the product on your face for longer, but you won’t get any crease lines – especially under your eyes!
Rule 4: It’s safe to use on rosacea
If you suffer from redness or rosacea on your face (or body), a green-based product is a temporary way to even out the colour of your skin.
Even though green concealers will initially feel a bit different on the face, they won’t interfere with the long-term state of your skin and are safe enough to use on a daily basis. Just remember to remove your makeup every night before going to bed!
Rule 5: Conceal, then apply foundation
To achieve a flawless finish, it is important to apply your green concealer before foundation. It creates the perfect base to the skin and the foundation won’t dry-up or draw attention to any of these areas. Use a stippling brush to push the product into your skin and set soon after with a translucent powder for a long-lasting look.
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Ever wanted to get rid of those annoying dark circles under your eyes, but to no avail?
The secret could all be in the humble concealer, but not the standard formula that we’re all accustomed to using.
Orange or salmon coloured concealer is actually ideal for dark circles since it cancels out dark lines in all skin tones.
The way that these concealers work is by balancing out the cool tones of the skin, especially if you’re suffering from chronic dark circles, or even skin discolouration.
Shop our favourite orange/salmon coloured concealers from luxe to less:
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector, $53.69
An ultra-lightweight, liquid concealer which brightens dark spots, and gives your face an instant glow. Use it to contour your entire makeup for a dramatic evening look, or hide hyper-pigmentation spots with ease.
Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter, $36
A bright pop of orange is perfect for this little compact product which easily removes unwanted dark circles from both the face and body. Use it under your makeup, and buff it in with your fingers or a stippling brush for ultimate coverage.
Bobbi Brown Corrector, $34.42
Carry this lightweight colour corrector in your purse to touch-up any spots throughout the day, and give your face a genuine glow. Apply with your fingers directly onto the skin, and dab until it sets.
Natio Pure Mineral Dark Circle Corrector, $14.95
Give your visage a subtle glow with this liquid corrector which melts flawlessly into the skin. Set the liquid with a powder if your skin is on the oily side, to prevent sheen throughout the day.
e.l.f Studio Corrective Concealer, $3.00
Don’t let the cheap price fool you, this product is amazing at cancelling out those darker dimensions of your face. Mix the colours together to find a perfect shade for your skintone.
Image via Michelle Phan
Ever woken up with tired, droopy eyes that just won’t co-operate?
There are a few simple makeup tricks which can turn your look from drab to fab, without burning a hole in your pocket. Next time you wake up with tired eyes, try a few of these tricks to transform your entire appearance before stepping out the door.
Not only is white eyeliner extremely easy to find both in-store and online, but it is also really inexpensive. Rather than lining your eyes with a black pencil (which also makes them look smaller), take a white liner and use it instead. Line both your top and bottom waterlines, to create the illusion of bigger eyes. This is a perfect trick to use if you haven’t had enough sleep the previous night, and need an instant pick-me-up.
Curl your lashes
Who knew that curling your lashes could make a big difference to the entire look of your face? If your eyelashes are straight, use a curler to give them some body and structure for the day ahead. There are many varieties which include hot lash curlers which are easy to use, and won’t harm your eyes.
To complete this look, use a waterproof mascara and stick to 2-3 coats which won’t clump your lashes. Waterproof formulas have the ability to hold a curl better, and won’t leave your lashes looking too dishevelled or out of place.
If you suffer from prominent under-eye bags or veiny eyelids, then I’m sure that you’re already familiar with this handy makeup trick.
Take your concealer pen, and draw an upside-down triangle under each eye. Carefully dab the product into your skin with a damp Beauty Blender or your warm fingers to create a flawless, natural look with ultimate coverage. Not only does the concealer hide any dark patches of skin, but it also makes the entire eye area look lighter.
To enhance the shape of your eyes, use a shimmery cream eyeshadow on top of each lid. Stay away from dark, smokey shades which could have the opposite effect on your eyes, and ultimately make them appear smaller than they actually are. Light shades of rose, metallics, and beige are best since they enhance your look without creating additional dark patches on the face.
Keep it natural by applying a BB cream or tinted moisturiser to your face. This light coverage is perfect for maintaining a natural-look, and won’t draw attention to any harsh lines on your face. Rather than applying a thick foundation which only emphasises these areas, use a tiny amount of product and mix it with a shimmery skin perfecter for dewy skin. Don’t apply this over or around the eyelids since it can only aggravate sensitive skin.
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Concealer is just one product you should always have handy in your makeup bag. The product is often small and compact, requires little or no extra tools, and is perfect for touching-up if you’re constantly on-the-go. But did you know that concealer can be applied in a variety of ways to correct and conceal imperfections or dark circles?
Here are just some of the ways to get a flawless finish using any kind of concealer.
Under the eye
If you want to conceal any under-eye circles, dark patches or lines around the outside of the eyes, then it’s best to use a salmon coloured shade. This generally works to cancel out any dark circles with ease – especially if you’re just starting out with makeup!
Use your finger and fan out the product under your eyes, then buff in with a damp cosmetic sponge for a flawless finish (and no creasing).
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer, $35
Discolouration or un-even skin tone
If you suffer from dark patches or un-even skin tone, then concealer may also work as a magic perfecter of your skin. Invest in a heavy-duty formula that will cover up any imperfections without weighing down on the skin. It’s best to stay away from stippling brushes since this could actually create dry patches on the skin.
Blend well with a damp cosmetic sponge, since this will leave you with a flawless finish and take a little edge off of the thick formula.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Enlightening Concealer Brush, $74
Both men and women suffer from redness around the nose – especially in the early morning! Don’t suffer with this condition, instead cover it up if you want a flawless base for a special event. Use an oil-free formula that won’t interact with the natural oils on your face – and stay-on all day long! Apply the product with a flat concealer brush, and sparsely set with powder.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, $52
If you suffer from the occasional break-out, then you will understand the constant battle which comes with covering it up. A green concealer is best if you want to neutralise the red tones in the skin, and it will cancel it out perfectly.
Apply just a bit of product onto the skin, and dab with your fingers from a flawless finish. Pat down with a concealer brush if you want the concealer to stay on your skin all day.
Maybelline Coverstick Concealer, $10.50
Expert tip: Pick your shade
Choose a concealer which is the same colour as your skin when covering any bumps, pimples, or acne scarring. If not, then the concealer will actually just draw attention to the problem area instead of camouflaging it.
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Want luminous, glowing skin this summer, with barely-there, understated make-up just like the latest runway beauty looks from New York Fashion Week? Honey, you’re going to need a good concealer. Being fair-skinned and prone to the dreaded dark circles, I can never leave the house without first applying concealer. Here are some of the latest and greatest ones to try, beauties. Shop to it!
Three times a lady: Brisbane-based natural cosmetics and mineral make-up brand, Bare Blossom, is a small but mighty one to watch. Formulated for use by most skin types (including allergy prone), this organic skincare and make-up range doesn’t contain any of the common “nasties” found in some big-name beauty brands. I’m a big fan of Bare Blossom’s Mineral Cream Concealers, $25 each, which you apply after foundation, to banish blemishes, spots and dark circles. Pictured here in natural beige, true tan and green, this hard-working trio will do the trick, trust me. I love the products’ creamy texture and good coverage. Natural beige is perfect for light skin tones, the darker true tan is good for covering pigmentation and the funky green one, believe it or not, corrects red blemishes including rosacea, pimples and acne (pictured below, left to right). Magic! To order, visit www.bareblossom.com.au.
Animal instincts: Grrr like a tiger this spring/summer with this divine, new limited edition leopard-print Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Collector, $57. This baby also comes in a bejewelled version, just to liven up your make-up kit. The original, and still arguably one of the best, high-end, luxury pen concealers, this moisturising and ultra-fluid emulsion promises to eliminate shadows from the side of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the hollow of the chin and expression lines. In just one click, it embellishes the eye area, making you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even if you’ve been up all night, dancing on tables until 3am (half your luck). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Mineral magic: I’m a huge Issada fan and I adore the Brisbane beauty brand’s new Mineral Heal And Conceal Anti-Aging Skin Perfecting Concealer, $45. It’s a big product name with results to match – it’s like a secret weapon for a flawless complexion! This baby is the ultimate blemish-blitzing, scar-healing, redness-reducing, line-diffusing, eye-brightening skin treatment. It comes in a creamy, self-adjusting mineral pigment which easily melts into the skin. And there’s nothing better than a concealer that’s invisible. What’s more, it’s enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, rosemary, shea butter and more goodness. Use a lighter shade under eyes, a deeper shade for facial blemishes, and blend shades for in-between tans or on trans-seasonal skin tones. Find Issada at selected salons, spas and clinics and Issada Concept Stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com.
Walk the line: If you’re looking for good bang for your buck, and don’t like spending a fortune on make-up basics, the Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $36, is a good mid-budget option. This concealer minimises the look of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening the eye area, and can be used anywhere on the face that needs concealing: eyes, your outer lip line and spot areas on the face. A liquid concealer with moderate coverage, it can be used over or under make-up. I find this one is very effective on my dark circles and a little goes a long way. Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
Make like a pro: The Lancome Le Eye Corrector Pro, $55, will conceal dark circles and dullness faster than the speed of light (OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration). I like the professional feel of this concealer palette which brightens the eyes, leaving skin more supple and radiant. You can also use it to conceal all manner of skin imperfections such as my slight skin pigmentation which I’m still sporting thanks to my recent pregnancies (damn children). Find it at leading department stores such as David Jones, visit www.davidjones.com.au.
One product every woman should have in their makeup kit is a good concealer. You already know that they are amazing at correcting spots of acne, scarring and bumps on the skin but they can also be used to highlight the skin. Whether they’re a stick or liquid formula, here is everything you need to know about using a concealer on your skin.
You may be familiar with the concealer stick from their popularity in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. These types of concealers are the easiest to apply since they are easy to control without over-using too much product at once. If you want to cover up a bump or red imperfection on the skin, a slight dab will offer complete and long-lasting coverage without being too cakey.
Drugstore option: Rimmel Hide The Blemish Cover Stick, $8.40
High end option: NARS Concealer, $36 (comes in 11 different shades).
Probably some of the most popular concealers currently on the market, they are versatile and thin enough to use even under the eye. The wand allows you to control how much product you want to distribute, then gently pat with a concealer brush or with your finger. A perfect formula for hiding any under-eye circles, darkness or even broken capillaries.
Drugstore option: Maybelline New York SuperStay 24HR Concealer, $14.95
High end option: Clarins Instant Concealer, $37.80
If you want to try a flawlessly contoured makeup look like Kim Kardashian, all you need is one concealer which is a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.
- For natural looking highlights, use the lighter concealer on the area above the brows, down the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow and right above the apple’s of your cheeks (otherwise known as the T-Zone).
- Don’t forget to paint a thin line starting from the chin which connects to the ear on each side.
- Blend, blend, blend! Use either a stippling brush to carefully blend the foundation seamlessly. Or better yet, try a slightly damp Beauty Blender ($24.95) for a flawless finish.
- Then place the darker concealer on the sides of the nose, the outlines of your forehead and under the cheekbones. Blend together until there are no rough lines on your face.
Image via Ruby Golani
By Felicia Sapountzis
If you don’t really know where to start with doing your own makeup, follow these simple makeup tips and you’ll be on your way to a fresh, beautiful face for every occasion.
Start with a healthy foundation
The key to making your makeup look great is to start with a healthy foundation. Make sure your skin looks its best before applying cosmetics by washing it first. Follow with a pore refining toner, like the one by Neutrogena, and finish with a moisturiser. Use a moisturising cream with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 15 to ensure your skin will be protected from those harmful UV rays throughout the day.
One to try: Olay Complete All Day Moisturiser with Sunscreen for sensitive skin. Its light formula makes skin feel smooth without being oily or greasy.
Go for concealer
Using a concealer on certain places across your face will help provide the appearance of a more even skin tone. Dot concealer under your eyes, on your eyelids (to help your eye shadow last longer), beside your nose, and on your chin. Also use concealer on any blemishes or dark spots you’d like to minimize. Finish by blending well either with your fingertips or with a makeup sponge to make sure you eliminate any lines or thick areas. When choosing a concealer, it’s important to select one that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone.
One to try: CoverGirl Invisible Cream Concealer for a light but lasting product that comes in five different shades.
Set with powder
A great powder can provide further blending for your skin tone, add a touch of color, and lend a solid base for the rest of your makeup. Use either a loose powder and apply with a large powder brush or try a compact powder and apply with a makeup sponge. An important makeup tip for powders: remember to blend, blend, blend with a large, clean brush after application. There’s nothing worse than heading out the door with a thick makeup line along your jaw and hairline.
One to try: A great powder to use is Studio Fix powder by M.A.C. It wears well and blends evenly for a smooth complexion all day.
Get a cheeky glow
Add a pop of color to your cheeks with a bright blush. Powder blushes often work well for a lighter touch but the cream variety provides a rosy, dewy glow that can appear more natural. Experiment with both to see which works best for your skin type or layer a powder blush over a cream one for extra pop and long-lasting color. Use your fingers or a foundation brush to apply cream blushes and a blush brush to apply powder blushes. As always, make sure to blend thoroughly after application for a natural look.
One to try: Cremeblend Blush by M.A.C in Posey for a fresh color that compliments most skin tones.
Brighten your eyes
Finish off your simple makeup look by paying some special attention to your eyes. Use a neutral eye shadow to give your face a finished look while still keeping it understated and easy. Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Screen Shot by Smashbox is a fantastic blend of colors that can be used beneath the brows, along the crease, and on the eyelid. Add a quick coat or two of mascara to give your lashes extra length for a finishing touch.
One to try: Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express in Black Brown adds pop without looking too overdone.